I didn't pass the first time because I didn't understand the NCLEX but coming to this forum & reading the postings helped me! The secret to passing the NCLEX for me was remembering the basics of nursing! ASSESSMENT, PLANNING, IMPLEMENTATION & EVALUATION, MASLOW HIERACY OF NEEDS, & AIRWAY BREATHING & CIRCULATION. TRAUMA etc.
I needed to understand what the question was asking & then with some simply facts blood/lab levels, meds etc. Also updating my knowledge on all areas of nursing adult child etc.
Now I understand this sounds like alot but I haven't just left nursing school & have only recently worked in adult nursing, & I am a UK nurse-so I had to do my homework! I took my time studying most days I'm sad to say I couldn't stick to Suzanne's plan because I couldn't study everyday.
This time-I found the NCSBN online course helped me focus my time, & it's subjects are broken down similar to the NCLEX RN exam. Also Kaplan's NCLEX-RN International book helped me worked out the answers!
My experience may help you who knows?-& there are lots of NCLEX tips on this site Good luck :redpinkhe